Albuquerque, New Mexico -- Experts from around the world have descended to a modest home in Albuquerque for a first-hand peek at what many are calling the greatest Virgin Mary sighting ever.
Angela, the owner of the home, says she spotted the Holy sign as she returned from work yesterday afternoon. "It was just standing there in the middle of my driveway," she explained of the colorful 5-inch tall figurine. "It's so beautiful -- I just feel so blessed!" she exclaimed as hordes of believers stood in line to contribute to the shrine that's grown ever larger with each passing hour.
Several researchers and church officials present expressed their own amazement as well. "I've seen some very convincing likenesses of the virgin mother," stated one researcher associated with the Catholic church, "but this one takes the cake."
Another researcher, barely able to contain his excitement, noted that most Virgin Mary sightings are limited to "peanut butter, various sandwiches, tree bark, or chemical spills, but this -- this one is absolutely fantastic!" exclaimed the researcher. "Full color -- and 3-D! When has this ever happened? Never, my friend, never! God must be telling us something very, very important," the researcher gleefully asserted.
However, not all researchers are convinced as to the authenticity of this latest sighting.
"This is ridiculous," one skeptic stated for the record. "I've studied legitimate Virgin Mary sightings for over 25 years. Does she think I'm an idiot, or what?" mused the exasperated researcher referring to the homeowner. "I was expecting an oil stain, not a plastic toy from Walmart,"
Another skeptic, also firmly convinced of the "trinket's" more earthly origins, elaborated further.
"This thing appears to have been made in China," claimed the skeptic who desired to remain anonymous.
Yet another agreed. "It must be a hoax. It's just too... perfect," she said searching for just the right words. "I mean, look at it. There's simply nothing left to the imagination here."